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  • Paperback: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (4 Jun 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099635208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099635208
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 4.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this vast and gorgeous tapestry of a novel, serf and master, Cossack and tsar, priest and Jew are brought together in a family saga which unrolls through centuries of history to reveal the most impenetrable and mysterious of lands--Russia.

Through the life of a little town east of Moscow in the Russian heartland, Edward Rutherfurd creates a sweeping culture and her peoples--bleak yet exotic, brutal but romantic, land of ritual yet riddled with superstitious fears. From Russia's dawn and the cruel Tatar invasion to Ivan the Terrible and the wild Cossacks, from Peter, Catherine and the days of War and Peace to the drama of the Revolution and the extraordinary events of today--here is Russia's story in a spellbinding novel; history recreated with breathtaking detail and passion.

"Rewarding reading ... an engrossing story. The novel manages to capture and convey the vastness of Mother Russia, her story and her potential" --Boston Sunday Herald

"What's impressive about Russka is Edward Rutherfurd's audacity--and his erudition" --Washington Post

"It is a series of ingeniously linked short novels, with a great deal of history painlessly delivered ... a very good read indeed" --The Times

"...even textured, with just the right amount of spice, it is the literary equivalent of hot cakes" --Sunday Telegraph

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"It is a series of ingeniously linked short novels, with a great deal of history painlessly delievered ... a very good read indeed" (The Times)

"Even textured, with just the right amount of spice, it is the literary equivalent of hot cakes" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Rewarding reading ... an engrossing story. The novel manages to capture and convey the vastness of Mother Russia, her story and her potential" (Boston Sunday Herald)

"What's impressive about Russka is Edward Rutherfurd's audacity - and his erudition" (Washington Post)

"Impressive . . . Rutherfurd has indeed embraced all of Russia" (The Washington Post)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Darren Simons TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Jan 2004
Format: Paperback
Russka tells the story of the history of the Russian heartland using Edward Rutherfurd's proven style of historic novel writing. If you have not previously read a Rutherfurd offering, he cleverly describes history as a series of short stories following several fictional family trees he develops through the book, alongside historical events and characters. All in all, it's a great way to read an entertaining book and learn a lot about the subject matter in the process.
Incredibly well researched (Rutherfurd points out that it took him 5 years to write this book), I really got a sense of Russian history from reading this, both in terms of its proud heritage and how the public viewed their Royal Family there. I read this book a few months after reading Rutherfurd's London book, and although the style is similar, that's where the similarity ends. For one thing, Russka is a far bigger area than London, describing instead the Russian heartlands, using villages based near Kiev and then Moscow as the backdrow for the novel.
All in all, I strongly recommend you read this book. I didn't think it was quite as good as London which was I believe written some time later, but don't let that detract from the quality of the story.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Linda Oskam on 14 Oct 2005
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Edward Rutherfurd uses his well known method to describe the history of Russia: take two families from a certain hamlet, start in prehistoric times and follow their adventures, ups and downs in a number of chapters set over the centuries. And by doing this he can give a very good description of historically important events in the area. It worked very well for London, Sarum and The Forest, but I have to say it works less for Russka: at times the stories are long, making them slightly boring and the rivalries between the families are more important than the historical events. There are some interesting chapters, notably Forest and Steppe, Ivan (the Terrible), Peter (the Great) and Revolution, but I had to struggle through some of the other chapters. And then 945 pages is quite a lot...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 31 Dec 2003
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Another one of the same. Sarum and The Forest, and now Russka. I do like the format but I did get a bit fed up three quarters of the way through.
The author constantly alludes to things which are about to happen in the next scene e.g. “Afterwards, she could never explain to herself how it was that the madness had seized her…” or “He was bound to have got into trouble sooner or later. And as Olga reminded Alexis, one didn’t have to do much to be in hot water these days”. This put me on tenterhooks and instead of relaxing with this book I was constantly waiting for the sword of Damacles to fall on the poor unfortunate whose turn it was in that part of the story.
However, and it is a big however – I shall never see Russia and its surrounding lands in the same way again. I have an understanding of the country’s history and thereby, a much better understanding of its present. Although I did get bogged down by page 700 (who can blame me) I still want to get starting on Edward Rutherford’s London as soon as I’ve finished the frothy historical novel I’ve just started (to give my brain and my blood pressure a rest).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 April 2000
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Russka is a historical novel which guides the reader through Russia's often complex, yet fascinating past. Rutherford has crafted a novel which intertwines fact and fiction to the extent that, at times, it is hard to distinguish between the two. In choosing Russia as his subject the author has provided the reader with an insight into a world far detached from that of the West. Russka is a novel of epic proportions encompassing love, war, friendship, betrayal and loyalty. The vivid descriptions of the cities, the endless forests and majestic sweeping steppe provide the reader with a wealth of vibrant images. This portrayal of Russia's landscape remains in ones mind long after the final page has been turned. As with his previous novel, Sarum, Edward Rutherford has set a precedent which will be hard for others to follow. The sheer amount of historical detail coupled with the wonderful characterisation has resulted in a novel reminiscent of a genre, which has for some time been sidelined by the literary world. Sarum, Russka, and his latest work London all display Rutherfords clear love affair with history and the characters, fictitious or otherwise, who play their individual parts to such breath-taking effect.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By sandhy jones on 8 Jan 2002
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Yes!!! Another brilliant book by Edward Rutherford...a totally excellent writer in my view. He drags you straight into the tale, then keeps you there with a magical combination of fact and fiction. I would recommend this to anyone interested in history, but there is also a moving background story of almost 'real' people which ties it all together - don't be afraid of how fat the book is! When you reach the end, it seems as if it was too short...and there is a LOT for us to learn about Russia and the Russians
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bex on 27 Aug 2010
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I love Edward Rutherford's books as a rule and I also love History, however this book did absolutely nothing for me, I found it quite dull. I never usually part with books from certain authors and Rutherford is one I tend to collect, but this book made it to the charity shop pile! I would recommend Sarum, The Forest, London, Dublin and New York, but not this one.
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